"Hi, I accidentally deleted two 4K videos from my external hard drive. Is it possible to completely recover my videos without any loss in the quality of the video? These videos are very important to me. Thank you in advance." - Sarah
Have you ever confronted a situation where you accidentally ended up deleting a precious family video, or an important video presentation? In many cases, although you somehow end up recovering it, it ends up to be in a low-quality 144p rather than your required 4K, 8K, HD or Ultra HD quality, and thus end up losing the purpose of recovering the video itself. Worry not, because we have brought to you a comprehensive guide on how to recover lost 4K, 8K, HD and Ultra HD videos in this article.
What Are 4K/8K/HD/Ultra HD Video?
1 4K Videos
A display with at least 8 million active pixels is known as a 4K display. The resolution for televisions has been standardized at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. At 4,096 x 2,160 pixels, digital cinema 4K (the resolution in 4K movie theatres) is slightly higher. Basically, 4k is four times the number of pixels on a 1080p monitor and nearly 23 times the resolution of standard definition (SD) video.
2 8K Videos
8K is a greater resolution than 4K. The resolution of a 1080p screen is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. 4K televisions triple the number of pixels and twice the resolution to 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. 8K doubles the numbers, resulting in a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels. That's four times as many pixels as 4K or 16 times the resolution of a 1080p video.
3 High Definition Video
A video with a resolution of at least 1,280 x 720 pixels is considered high definition (HD) video (sometimes called 720p). This is more than twice as many pixels as a standard definition video (921,600 pixels in total). HD Ready refers to a 720p video with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, whereas Full HD refers to a movie with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2,073,600 in total). This has historically been the more common HD video option, with more than double the number of pixels.
4 Ultra-high-definition Video
Ultra-high-definition (UHD) video is a step up from standard definition (SD). They have a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which is twice as many vertical pixels as Full HD and four times as many total pixels (8,294,400 pixels). The higher pixel density produces a sharper, more defined image that reveals more information and depth in any video.
In What Scenarios Would You Need 4K/8K/HD/Ultra HD Video?
The main difference between SD and 4K/8K/HD/Ultra HD videos is, of course, the quality. The visual quality will be quadrupled compared to Full-HD, but that's not all. Another advantage of 4K is the fascinating editing possibilities. You may make zoom views and pan from a single shot by cutting sections comparable to Full-HD from 4K photos. The 4K Photo feature allows you to take a still photograph with an equivalent resolution of 8 megapixels from a 4K video.
Before Starting the Recovery, you need to ensure the following issues.
- Stop Using the Storage Device: Never restore 4k video (or any others) in the place where it was lost (in the example above, save the restored video file on partition E).
- Check the Recycle Bin or Trash.
- Go Through Backup.
- Recover the file as quickly as possible without extending it for the day.
Effective Ways to Recover 4K/8K/HD/Ultra HD Videos
Those video losses can occur on any sort of media, including SD memory cards, internal hard drives, external SSDs, USB drives, and so on. There are a variety of causes and situations in which you might mistakenly delete files, especially if you're dealing with a big number of files and need to remove them frequently to free up space. Things like these frequently occur when we push the delete button by accident.
Do not panic; the 4k/8k/HD/Ultra HD video files are kept on the digital device or the computer's hard disc; regardless of whether you erased your videos or formatted the memory, you can always recover those data; however, you should do it as soon as you become aware that these videos have been deleted.
Method 1: Using Command Prompt
Many issues with Windows can be resolved with Command Prompt, including hard disc recovery, memory card, and flash drive recovery. It's the most powerful built-in tool utility that allows users to recover files that have been deleted due to malware attacks or inadvertent deletion. Aside from that, Command Prompt can help you repair damaged sectors on your hard drive and subsequently convert the Raw file system to NTFS for free. As a result, if the files have been deleted by mistake, you can restore them using the Command prompt.
Using Command Prompt is a common way for recovering the deleted or the lost files from the external hard drive. This will run the command that will complete the task. There are also some more ways that can be used to recover deleted files. Let's now look at how to use CMD to recover deleted files with Windows.
Case 1: Recover Deleted Files from External Hard Drive Using CMD
If you have removed files from the storage device permanently, such as a hard drive, a flash drive, or a USB flash drive, You may quickly recover deleted data from Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11 by using the following commands in the command prompt:
- In a search box, press Windows + R and type CMD.
- Type chkdsk 'drive letter' : /f in the Command Prompt window and click Enter (For example C : chkdsk USERS PROGRAM FILES D : /f)
- Press Y 'Yes' until the command lines start to show again.
- Put in the drive letter once more and press Enter (This command line will go back to start)
- Enter [drive letter: >attrib –h –r –s /s /d *.*] on the command prompt. This command (attrib -r -s drive:\<path>\<foldername>) will recover all files on a storage device.
1) -r stands for Read-only attribute which means files are readable and cannot be changed.
2) -s assigns the 'System' attribute of the selected multiple files.
3) -h command means 'Hidden' attribute to only selected files.
4) /S indicates to search the particular path including subfolders.
5) /D command involves the process folders.
After you've completed the entire procedure, you can now on the external drive create a new folder that contains all of the files you've recovered. It's possible that the files are in .chk form. Now, change the extension of each file and save it in the desired location.
Case 2: Retrieve files from Recycle Bin Using Command Prompt
Most Windows users will empty their Recycle Bin when it is full to free up room for files that have been recently deleted. However, until the Recycle Bin is empty, the deleted files can still be recoverable. To retrieve files from the Recycle Bin using command prompt, make sure to use the following commands:
- Enter start shell: RecycleBinFolder in the command prompt window and press Enter (for example, C:> start shell: RecycleBinFolder).
- After that, choose the files you want to recover and click OK.
Without extensive technical understanding, it can be quite difficult for ordinary people to complete these stages. However, even if a single step is completed wrong, data loss may occur. As a result, it is advisable to choose a dependable and effective method to avoid data loss.
Method 2: Using Video Recovery Software
For most of us, losing data is a common occurrence. One of the many software available to recover data is Wondershare Recoverit. Recoverit Data Recovery for PC can recover 1000+ various types and formats of data from a variety of storage sources, including your Windows computer hard disc, Desktop, Recycle Bin, external devices, and even a wrecked computer. It also has dedicated options for recovering lost videos, such as sophisticated video recovery. The application also features a video repair tool that can fix corrupted videos in a variety of situations.
Using "Advanced Video Recovery" Feature
Step 1. Launch Recoverit
To recover files, first launch Recoverit on your computer. To make Recoverit Data Recovery run on your computer, please double click the "Wondershare Recoverit'' icon on the Desktop. If Recoverit is not on the Desktop, you can enter "Recoverit'' in the search box on the computer (Here's an example on Windows PC). And then click on the App or Choose to "Open" it.
Step 2. Select Advanced Video Recovery
Click "Start", and then you need to choose a location to begin the scanning.
Step 3: Select Video Formats
After you select a location, you will need to choose the formats of your lost videos. The more Formats you select, the more video files will be found, but also the more time will be spent on this scanning process.
Step 4: Scan the Location
When you finish selecting the formats, you can wait for the scanning process to end. it will automaticallly take 2 - 3 scans to find our the small fragments of each videos, and then merge them into one complete video.
Step 5: Preview and Recover Your Data
It's a good idea to use the preview feature before attempting recovery to ensure that the files are what you want. Here's how you can do it:
- Choose Thumbnails.
- Double click the file.
- Click on the "Preview" button.
- Toggle between the 2 preview methods.
Finally, to recover your data from the Recycle Bin, choose the files you want to recover and click the "Recover" option.
To avoid data overwriting, do not save the retrieved data in the same location.
Method 3: Turn in to Professional Manual Service
If using the command prompt or using Recoverit still cannot solve your problem, then your videos could be severely damaged or removed permanently. In such a situation, you can always turn to professional help from technical experts. However, it will also cost more than the former 2 methods.
This post guides you on how to recover your deleted videos from the hard drive as well as the recycle bin.
Losing important files can be scary, but there are many applications and tools out there to help you recover them, in the same quality you require. Recoverit is a great way of recovering your videos, owing to its easy user interface and special features like maintaining the quality of your photos and videos while recovering it.
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